Several hundreds are participating in the 3rd Annual Forum of the EUSBSR in Copenhagen 17-19 June 2012. The official opening was made by H. R. H Prince Frederik of Denmark. During the morning session, the strategy was also in focus in the speeches of e.g. The Danish Prime Minister Helle Thornvig-Schmidt and the Commissioner Johannes Hahn. The theme for this year Annual Forum is Connecting Europe - Smart and Green Partnerships. More information on the event website

This was the message from the Commissioner for Transport  in the European Commission, Mr. Siim Kallas. In order to improve the connections Mr. Kallas is asking for a stronger public - private support, and he also invited all to create a mutual push to use more EU funds in order to implement transport projects in the future. Mr. Kallas underlined that it is important to continue the work within the trans-European transport network TEN-T.

Among the visioneers, Vice Mayor Kritsin Vinje from Oslo suggested a joint effort in the Nordic Countries to agree and to work together to get from Oslo to Copenhagen traveling in a train within 2,5 hours by the year of 2025.

The individual website for PA3 To reduce the use and impact of hazardous substances has now been updated.
Here you can find documentation from the Workshop held in Warsaw, 10th of May 2012, presenting results from ongoing flagships and future priorities and needs.
Minutes and documentation on the Fourth Steering Group meeting, held in Warsaw, 11th of May 2012, are also available on the website. The meeting focused on targets and indicators, aiming at finding new strategic actions within the strategy. The steering group agreed, amongst other things, that future strategic actions will be capacity building and extended macro regional research.
Access the Priority Area websites by clicking on the tab 'Priorities and Actions'.

A visual identity manual has been produced for EUSBSR stakeholders. A special section on the requirements on the use of the EUSBSR visual identity has also been included. The document is available under the section 'Visual Identity' displayed on the left column.

The European Commission urges all stakeholders with views on the Action Plan to send their comments. Your ideas on focus, on efficiency and on added value would be particularly welcome. For written comments please send them to REGIO-EU-BALTIC-SEA-STRATEGY@ec.europa.eu. This stakeholder consultation on the new Action Plan will remain open until the end of July.

Please read more information about this call for comments here.

The first edition of the BTJ Think Tank is now online. The publication has been prepared by the Baltic Transport Journal editorial team with the intention to initiate discussion on strategic issues and challenges for transport and energy sectors within the Baltic Sea region. The topic of the first issue of the BTJ Think Tank is the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), Download it here

Baltic Business Arena will be arranged as part of the 14th Baltic Development Forum in Copenhagen on 18-19 June. In Baltic Business Arena companies are invited to participate in a matchmaking activity, with opportunities to book face-to-face meetings with other companies and business organizations.
"We arranged a Baltic Business Arena last year in Stockholm, with quite good results", says Carina Lahall at Enterprise Europe Network in Örebro, Sweden, who is organizing the event in close cooperation with a number of partners in other Baltic Sea Region countries.
Baltic Business Arena is focusing on the following business sectors: clean-tech, renewable energy, sustainable construction, life science, information and communication technologies (ICT).
Read more and register on: www.b2match.eu/balticbusiness2012
Interested companies are invited to contact the partners mentioned on the website in order to benefit for a grant which covers certain travels costs.

Some new graphic material has been recently developed and put at users' disposal under the section Materials, visual identity. The latest items comprise six maps, a letter template and the EUSBSR logo translated in ten different languages. All these outputs can be downloaded and used when it comes to carry out a EUSBSR-related activity. A visual identity manual is being currently created and will be available in June 2012.

The 8th ministerial-level Partnership Annual Conference of the NDPHS (Northern Dimension Public Health and Social Well-Being) has adopted the position paper “Post-2013 European Programmes: Raising the Profile of Health and Social Well-being”. The paper calls for a visible exposure of social well-being and health in the cooperation programmes’ priorities. Read more information about this here